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Entropy Key

Today I received an early Christmas gift of sorts — a package from a fellow advocate of GNU/Linux called Kari Laine. It will provide a lot of geeky-type fun for a home project I Intend to write a review about at a later date.

The company behind Entrypt Key is apparently based on England, but the product was sent to me from Finland Interestingly, I first studied Shannon’s entropy quite thoroughly while I was starting my Ph.D. in 2003. My work was an extension inspired by Jorma Rissanen‘s Minimum Description Length (MDL), which built upon entropy research. He is Finnish.

Setting everything up is a project on its own, possibly taking an hour if not a whole weekend (depending on how deeply one dives into it). The installation process seems simple enough and the instructions are clear. The fun begins when it comes to studying the theory and application, which promise to secure one’s environment by generating good random passwords without depending on something more common like system clock or mouse movement. Some go further to reduce predictability, e.g. using observation of a lava lamp. Very exotic.

Entropy key should be aimed at geeks like myself, who like to learn how things work and also have some associated equipment and gadgets, e.g. to set servers up in a more professional way. It would make a great gift to science/computer science enthusiasts.

More information can be found in http://www.entropykey.co.uk/

Beard Experiment

EXPERIMENTING with beards is something I rarely ever did. Only once in my adult life did I stay unshaven for longer than a fortnight as it just tends to get itchy after a while. I cannot even grow a good beard because I don’t have enough facial hair. But anyway, after some claims that I was being too conformist I decided to try something different for a change. I’m not sure if I like it. It just doesn’t quite feel like me. Here are photos that I took some minutes ago.

Roy Schestowitz with beard

TechBytes Episode 64: Linux Foundation, Nokia, and ‘Clouds’

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Summary: Rusty joins Tim and Roy for a show that covers issues of the day rather than issues of the week

IN LAST night’s show we spoke about Putin mandating GNU/Linux for government use by 2015 and some related topics including Microsoft’s subversive actions against Free software in government. We played “Rule the World” by Inch Chua and then said a few words about the Linux Foundation and Nokia, which comes back to Linux in a sense. “Precious” by Minipop was played followed by discussions about Android and CyanogenMod. “El Tigeraso” by Maluca was then played followed by a discussion about servers, the release of ownCloud 2, and finally a few worlds about Bristol City Council and open source. “Take This One From Me” by It’s True closed the show.

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TechBytes Episode 63: Tim Finds PCLinuxOS and KDE Love

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Summary: Rusty joins Tim and Roy for a show about issues of the day/week

Rusty is back for another splendid show which suffered a few sound issues in the first segment. We start the show with wonderful news about Tim’s newly-born daughter and then talk about Steve Jobs’ death as well as Richard Stallman’s reaction to it. We then speak about Apple’s anti-Android strategy and take stock of Android’s success, noting that Microsoft’s patent trolls at Intellectual Ventures launched recently a lawsuit against Motorola — an issue that antitrust regulators turn a blind eye to. “100 mph (in 2nd Gear)” by Gemma Ray gets played followed by a discussion about Ubuntu 11.10, Unity experiences, and PCLinuxOS 2011.6, which introduced Tim to KDE in a much better way. “Everyone’s Got ‘Em” by White Ghost Shivers is then played and we begin a segment about KDE and tablets, later to mention India’s low-cost tablet, Microsoft in tablets, and the general shift in form factors. “Government Name (Spontaneous Lover)” by Rockwell Knuckles is then played, ending with a discussion about social networks such as Diaspora and Google+. The whole show closes with the song “El Rogadero” by Banda de Turistas.

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TechBytes Episode 62: Nokia, Google, Diaspora, Etc.

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Summary:The latest episode which covers Nokia, Google, Diaspora, and much more

THIS latest episode was recorded around noon for a change. It was arranged at short notice with time constraints and Roy being very slightly ill (speech/voice problems). But nonetheless we covered the news of the day/week by speaking about Nokia’s return to Linux in low-end phones, Chrome being flagged as a “virus” by Microsoft, then playing “Reality Check” by One Be Lo. We spoke about Microsoft’s latest patent ‘deal’ with Samsung and mentioned Amazon’s tablet among other tablets, as well as their general role in today’s computing scene. “Quejas de un Bandoneonista” by Zona Tango was then played, we spoke about Diaspora and other social networks and finally we closed the show with “A secret search” by Papercutz.

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